Johanie Martinez-Cools is a writer, blogger, editor, sensitivity reader, mentee, and aspiring author. She loves reading YA Romance and Fantasy the most but is open to an array of genres.
Specialties: Baptist upbringing, Nondenominational teachings, Pentecostal teachings, first generation immigrant, colorism privilege, atheism, biracial relationship, major depression, generalized anxiety, bipolar II, and emotional abuse. Afro Latinx heritage.
Manuela is an understanding editor whose degree in Sustainability & the Environment gives her a comprehensive view of an author’s work. Her attention to detail helps her see when small facts are inconsistent throughout a manuscript, like when one character says they hate asparagus in one scene but will happily munch on it in another.
She does sensitivity reading for characters who are Brazilian, bisexual, mixed race (Black and white), immigrant, or have anxiety/depression. Plus, she can also edit in Brazilian Portuguese. You can find her own words in So to Speak Journal and inQluded.
Trisha Tobias is Associate Fiction Editor for FORESHADOW: A Serial YA Anthology, a 2018 Walter Dean Myers Grant recipient, a 2018 Pitch Wars mentor, and a 2019-2020 Highlights Foundation Diversity Fellow. She's proud of her BA in Media and Communication Studies from Fordham University and her minor in Creative Writing.
Trisha holds primary expertise in YA fiction. She can also read for several lived experiences and identities. These include Black/African American characters, interracial relationships, anxiety & depression, restrictive eating disorders, evangelical Christian upbringings, and sexual assault.
Deborah is a Brazilian-American Video Editor from Florida. They've been into publishing since reading Anna-Marie McLemore’s The Weight of Feathers and realizing that they hadn’t seen themselves in a book before. Now they're on the diversity train with a vengeance. ;)
Their edits are focused on big picture ideas, thematic elements, and story beats (that film editor brain). They do sensitivity reads for Latinx characters, mental health issues, Evangelical upbringings, and non-binary characters. They also do formatting for ebooks and paperbacks. Good Omens is their favorite book. Find them on twitter @debbiekolive
Heba Elsherief recently defended her PhD dissertation on the topic of culturally sustaining narratives at the University of Toronto, Canada. A former Islamic high school English teacher, she now facilitates college classes in literature, gender studies, and historical thought. For many years, she was a freelance essayist and blogger, and currently, she writes historical fiction with fantastical and/or gothic bents.
She has (almost too much!) academic editing experience and specializes in developmental novel editing. Heba can provide sensitivity reads for Muslim, Egyptian-Canadian Diaspora identities, and Arabic language and culture.
Isabel Ngo (she/her) is writer, editor, poet, and artist based in Los Angeles, California, with experience in journalism, literary, and interdisciplinary publishing. Isabel received her bachelor's degree at Loyola Marymount University, where she studied theatre, English, and studio arts. Her favorite book genres are poetry, memoir, magical realism, YA, science-fiction/fantasy, and graphic novels.
Isabel is available for the following sensitivity reading topics: Vietnamese American culture (including family, intergenerational relationship dynamics), Asian American feminist + women's issues, and Catholic upbringing.
Sahrish has been described as many things over the years, but everyone she has ever met would agree that she adores reading – oftentimes at the most inopportune of moments. Fortunately, from regularly being caught sneaking books into classrooms, she has now progressed to becoming an editor, writer, blogger and English tutor herself.
Sahrish adores the power of the written word and – although she has a preference for fantasy and YA – has read enough of each genre to effectively and informatively encourage authors who present a range of book types.
She can also provide sensitivity reads for Muslim, British, Indian-Pakistani diaspora culture and identities, as well as for themes involving depression (mild to severe), low-income families, and immigrant difficulties.
Dee has been described as many things, but everything she does goes to back her love for reading. A forever student, she can always be found looking for a new project. Whether it be learning ASL, researching the lives of those in Tudor England, or tackling her ever-growing TBR list, Dee always finds a way to incorporate her hobbies into her biggest passion, reading and editing. While you can mainly find her reading Romance, she also loves Nonfiction, MG, and all things YA.
Dee’s primary expertise include Black/ African American characters, interracial relationships, anxiety and depression, sex work, small town living and upbringings, invisible disabilities, chronic illnesses and African American feminist and women’s issues. She’s also available to read nonfiction concerning a variety of topics. From the Middle Ages, Enlightenment, to the Civil War.
Grace Ren is a multimedia artist who graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is currently an Associate Creative at mcgarrybowen Chicago. Her specialties include illustration, graphic design, motion graphics, and photography. In her free time she enjoys traveling, hanging out with her cat, or playing instruments and singing to herself.
You can find samples of her work at www.graceren.com